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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Green Apple Rice

When my husband brought dozens of apples along with a load of other fruits and asked whether I can use it in everyday cooking, this rice happened. I prepared it along the lines of a south Indian style green mango rice. It is simple and quick to prepare and quite yummy given that the apples chosen to prepare this are quite tart. One would not even notice that a fruit was used in the preparation.  If the apples are not that tart, you end up with a subtly sweet tasting rice which is not bad either in my opinion. If the apples are not tart enough, try compensating the flavor with the addition of lime / lemon juice.

3/4 cup rice (I used sona masuri rice.)
3 medium sized Granny Smith apples (It should amount to about 1.5 cups when grated.)
2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. peanuts
1 tsp. split chickpeas / chana dal
1 tsp. black gram / urad dal
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
4 dried red chillies, broke into bits
Few curry leaves
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
2 pinches of asafoetida powder
Salt to taste (about 1.5 tsp.)
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 tsp. lime juice (Only if needed.)

* Rinse the rice in two exchanges of water and drain. Pressure cook the rice adding 1.5 cups water. Spread the rice on a wide plate and allow it cool. Once cool, break any rice lumps if present. 
* Peel, core and grate the apples. Leave the grated apple in a colander. 
* Heat oil in a saute pan and add peanuts, split chickpeas, black gram , mustard seeds and red chillies. When the peanuts turn golden brown, add curry leaves, turmeric powder and asafoetida powder. Saute for about 10 seconds and add the grated apple along with salt. Cook for a minute or until any water from the apple present disappears.
* Now add rice and cilantro. Mix well and turn off the stove. Taste and add lemon juice if rice is not sour enough.
* Serve warm with lentil wafers or potato chips.
This goes to Blogging marathon #85, under the theme 'Rice / Gravy Recipes'. Check out the page to read what other marathoners are cooking.



Priya Suresh said...

Am yet to prepare rice with green apples, looks fabulous. What a fusion rice dish, just loving it Suma.

Usha said...

Bowl rice is inviting! You come up with some amazing new recipes with a twist to good old tradition recipes. i have tried green apple pickle but not rice. Good one.

Sapana Behl said...

Wow, I never thought of adding apple to rice.It looks delicious.

Harini R said...

Lovely usage of Green Apples. I guess when we don't get sour mangoes, we can rely on green apples to act as a substitute.

Jayanthi said...

Such a creative way to incorporate green apples in rice. Lovely recipe

Pavani N said...

Such an interesting rice dish with green apples. I would never have even imagined to combine apples with rice, but come to think of it, green apples are tart and very similar to raw mango. So I am sure this dish must have tasted amazing.

Bhawana Singh said...

really? with apple? m amazed to find this recipe. looking perfectly cooked and tempting.

Mayuri Patel said...

That's one interesting recipe...adding green apples to a rice dish. Can't wait to try it out.

Chef Mireille said...

rice looks so colorful and inviting

Kalyani said...

brilliant idea to use Green apples :-) similar to the mango rice, right ? wonderful....

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love the use of granny smith apples in savory recipes. They work so well. I also make pickle out of them. This rice is so simple and great for lunch boxes.

sushma said...

Very nice and interesting recipe. Must try.

Ritu Tangri said...

Never heard about apple in rice...Nice attempt. A variation of lemon rice